UWACS is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2021

MAY 23
90th Birthday Gala Concert, Winthrop Hall

In celebration of its 90th birthday UWA Choral Society presents an afternoon of choral music, arias, duets and trios ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary, featuring soloists Sara Macliver, Fiona Campbell, Paul O’Neill and Mark Alderson, all of whom sang with UWA Choral Society when starting their careers. On the program are works by celebrated composers including Bach, Mozart, Handel, Donizetti, Bizet, Wagner and Strauss. The afternoon culminates with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music set to the majestic words of Shakespeare.

Weekend of Celebrations: 90th Celebration on UWA Campus

The Big Sing Messiah

Seasoned Messiah lovers and Handel newbies alike are invited to join members of UWA Choral Society for our Big Sing Messiah!

Never sung Messiah before, or keen to revise the tricky bits? Not to worry – in the morning we start with basics, and later we combine with those more experienced. This is your chance to explore the best-loved choral music of all time in a friendly, supportive environment alongside experienced members of UWA Choral Society, under the guidance of conductor Kristin Bowtell. 

Or perhaps you’ve sung the Messiah dozens of times, and you don’t need quite as much rehearsal? No problem – join us after lunch!

The afternoon finishes with a public Big Sing performance of part 2 of Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by Australia’s wunderkind organist Alessandro Pittorino, and featuring brilliant young soloists. Not to be missed!

Mozart Great Mass

To conclude a weekend of 90th birthday celebrations, UWA Choral Society presents Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Elena Kats-Chernin’s Prelude and Cube. Composed in 2014 for the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s 25th anniversary, Prelude and Cube is an imaginative and energetic crowd pleaser.

Mass in C Minor is thought to be one of Mozart’s most remarkable church compositions and, as such, is often referred to as the “Great Mass”. Widely considered to be a love offering from the composer to his soprano wife, it is an extraordinary union of musical vision and religious text and draws on Mozart’s skill for drama that made his operatic works such a phenomenal success.

In Terra Pax at Winthrop Hall

Celebrate the Christmas season with UWA Choral Society. Highlights include JS Bach’s Magnificat and Gerald Finzi’s In Terra Pax. A true splendour of the Baroque, Bach’s Magnificat is a stirring, celebratory work. In Terra Pax, subtitled ‘A Christmas Scene’, borrows from Robert Bridge’s poetry and Luke’s Gospel. It is a radiant work of great beauty and sincerity.

To conclude, sing along with the choir as it performs an international selection of Christmas carols and then continue the festivities with UWA Choral Society’s annual picnic by the UWA Reflection Pond following the performance.